Pirkei Avot Playlist

Hi! In Jewish studies class, I was given the task of making a playlist in which I would match a song to a verse from Pirkei Avot (in my choosing). What I came up with is as follows:


Pirkei Avot Playlist


1) Instant Karma by John Lennon, Avot 2:6

Verse: “He saw a skull floating upon the water. Said he to it: “Because you drowned others, you were drowned; and those who drowned you, will themselves be drowned.” (Avot 2:6) 


Song: Instant Karma by John Lennon

Instant Karma 


I selected the song “Instant Karma” by John Lennon because of the obvious connection between verse 6 and the song. In chapter 2 verse 6 of Pirkei Avot, it is stated:  “Because you drowned others, you will be drowned:” (Avot 2:6) If you do something unto others, difficulties will come back to get you, according to this phrase. Karma is another synonym for that conduct. In the song’s first verse it says, John sings “Instant Karma’s gonna get you Gonna knock you right on the head. You better get yourself together Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead” (Lennon). I selected this sentence due to the fact that they are both describing actions coming back to get you.

 This statement was also chosen since both of them use death to describe karma. It mentions drowning in the verse, and it mentions karma knocking you out, in the tune. I find it fascinating that they both share that trait. They both relate to one other when they define karma as a violent thing, despite the fact that they explain it in quite different ways. This verse of Pirkei Avot has a lot of similarities to the song “Instant Karma.”


2) See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, Avot 2:10


Verse: [Rabbi Yochanan] said to them: Go and see which is the best trait for a person to acquire. Said Rabbi Eliezer: A good eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: A good friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: A good neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To see what is born [out of one’s actions]. Said Rabbi Elazar: A good heart. Said He to them: I prefer the words of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours.

He said to them: Go and see which is the worst trait, the one that a person should most distance himself from. Said Rabbi Eliezer: An evil eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: An evil friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: An evil neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To borrow and not to repay; for one who borrows from man is as one who borrows from the Almighty, as is stated, “The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous one is benevolent and gives” (Psalms 37:21). Said Rabbi Elazar: An evil heart. Said He to them: I prefer the word of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours.

They would each say three things:

Rabbi Eliezer would say: The honor of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own and do not be easy to anger. Repent one day before your death.** Warm yourself by the fire of the sages, but be beware lest you be burned by its embers; for their bite is the bite of a fox, their sting is the sting of a scorpion, their hiss is the hiss of a serpent, and all their words are like fiery coals.


Song: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

See You Again


I selected this song (“See You Again”) because it has a connection to 2:10 of Pirkei Avot. Although the similarities between the two are not striking, they do have several characteristics in common. Because I only identified parallels in the last paragraph of chapter 2 verse 10, I decided to concentrate just on that paragraph. The paragraph’s opening sentence states “The honor of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own, and do not be easy to anger. Repent one day before your death.” (2:10 Avot) To me, this sentence has the meaning of dying with honor because it means a lot. I completely agree with that. In the second verse of the song, it says “Those were the days, hard work forever pays” (Khalifa). You want to be thinking about whether you worked hard throughout your life when you’re on your deathbed, in my opinion. Respect and honor come from hard labor. Both the song and the verse are interconnected because they both describe dying with honor and dignity and working hard your entire life in order to be able to die knowing that you gave everything you have to the world and that you have honor for others. In some aspects, these two verses are very similar, and I believe they have certain commonalities when viewed from a different perspective. 


3) Goodbye I’m Sorry by Jamestown Story, Avot 2:11

Verse: Rabbi Joshua said: an evil eye, the evil inclination, and hatred for humankind put a person out of the world.


Song: Goodbye I’m Sorry by Jamestown Story 

Goodbye I’m Sorry


The song “Goodbye I’m Sorry” by Jamestown Story and 2:10 of Pirkei Avot directly connect to each other and happen to have very similar meanings to both. In chapter 2 verse 6 of Pirkei Avot, it is stated that “an evil eye, the evil inclination, and hatred for humankind put a person out of the world.” (Avot 2:10) This entire quote, in my opinion, implies that terrible words and abusive behaviour might cause someone to commit suicide. This is undoubtedly true, and more people should be aware of it. I can’t pick just one element of the song because it’s all about suicide. “Goodbye I’m Sorry” is a song about how people might contribute to suicide. This song is directly related to the content of this verse in Pirkei Avot since it discusses suicide induced by unkind comments.


4) Count On Me by Bruno Mars, Avot 2:12

Verse: Rabbi Yose said: Let the property of your fellow be as precious unto you as your own; Make yourself fit to study Torah for it will not be yours by inheritance; And let all your actions be for [the sake of] the name of heaven.


Song: Count On Me by Bruno Mars

Count on me

The song “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars is very much like 2:12 of Pirkei Avot. The verse describes how you should treat other people’s properties the way you treat your own. “Let the property of your fellow be as precious unto you as your own” (Avot 2:10). The song “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars is all about being able to trust your friends and just people in general with the things that are important in life. In the chorus of the song Bruno sings “You can count on me like one, two, three I’ll be there I’ll be there” (Mars). They’re linked since the song is about relying on others, and the verse emphasizes how to respect other people’s property. If you were to change the point of view in the verse, it would be wishing for others to respect your possessions. Being able to rely on others. The significance of this phrase in Pirkei Avot is directly related to this song.t.


5) Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, Avot 2:15

Verse: Rabbi Tarfon said: the day is short, and the work is plentiful, and the laborers are indolent, and the reward is great, and the master of the house is insistent.


Song: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Don’t Stop Believin’

To me, the “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey has a diminutive connection to chapter 2 verse 15 of Pirkei Avot. The verse, in my opinion, is about how labor is difficult and the day is short, therefore we should make the most of our time and work hard. A valuable life lesson as well. This, I believe, is about how you should work hard no matter how difficult it is to persevere. The song “Don’t Stop Believing” is about how you shouldn’t give up and how you should always keep going! The similarities between the two are that they all involve working through difficult circumstances and not giving up!

STEAM Fair Reflection and Video

When I first started my innovation / STEAM fair project I was really intrigued by the idea and topic I chose. Can I test a human reaction time! If so, what age has the fastest? Throughout the process, I started to lose interest. If I were to do this project again, I would choose a project that maybe I would be more interested in. Every project needs passion. If I had more passion for this project then it is very possible that I could have succeeded more. Next year, I want to snow more passion for the topic I choose and hopefully enjoy the process a little more. My peer’s projects were definitely interesting. I really love how every single person’s project topic said a little bit about the person they are. However, my project did not. 

I had to come over many obstacles. The biggest one was people. I had to test 14 people of different ages. My project required that I test someone of the age range of 

20- 29. The problem was that I did not happen to know anyone of that age range. The way I solved this problem was that I had to ask around. Eventually, I found a person thanks to my cousins.  

In the end, I learned a lot of things. All the things that I learned during this project were interesting, yet the most educational thing I learned was the scientific process! I really enjoyed working on this project for the most part.


Here is a video of my project:


בכיתה אנחנו כותבים ולומדים על גמלים. אנחנו לומדים אל הבּדואים והנגב. הנה מה שכתבו:


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My Learning Style

When I first took this test I was skeptical. I didn’t and still don’t think that a test can define what type of learner you are.                                                      For me, the test told me that I was an auditory learner. At fist I didn’t see how that could be me. I usually like to learn by reading things and not hearing to comprehend. I knew the test was Inaccurate because I had my mind set on the fact that I was a visual learner, clearly i’m not. 

Over time I started to except the fact that I might just be an auditory learner. When we as a class started to talk about the characteristics of auditory learners, I started realize that a lot of them could relate to the way I learn.

Even though I didn’t think that that could possibly be me at fist, it turns out it was. Everyone has more then one learning style. Even in you don’t think that yours is not what the test says, try and look at it in a different perspective.

סיפור בעברית

בשיעור עברית הייתה לנו משימה ליצור סיפור בעברית. הנה מה שכתבתי.



Voici mon Powtoon sur la géographie

En français, on nous a dit de créer un Powtoon sur les choses que nous apprenons en géographie en français. Voici ma vidéo



Le Ski

En français nous avons réalisé un projet sur votre sport préféré. J’ai choisi le ski parce que j’aime skier!!


Voici une photo du projet:


By October 27, 2021.  No Comments on Le Ski  Uncategorized   

Paragraph of the Week

In this blog post I will be writing something called “paragraph of the week”. Every week I will be putting a new paragraph. Here is what I wrote…


Week #1:

“Life is too short to waste your time with people who don’t respect, appreciate and value you.” by Roy Bennit. This quote means more than just surrounding yourself with people that have respect for you, you also have to have respect for other people. I only have two qualities that I look for in people. Respect and kindness yet I know that the only way I am going to find someone with both of those qualities is if I have it for other people. I have a friend named Lia, she lives in Torono so we don’t see each other much. We respect each other, one because we never see each other so we don’t have enough time to be rude to each other and two is because we both are educated to treat other people the way we treat ourselves, and that is what you should do too. Because who knows, maybe we can be friends?




“A place everybody knows your name is hell” by Brooklyn 99. Not only did I love the show, it also taught me that it’s okay to be a bit goofy. To be silly, not everything about life has to be perfect. It taught me a bit about being brave. What cops have to face every day really gave me perspective on what they go through. 

Being brave is the one lesson that personally I think is really important. 

One thing that I think is very important to know is that everybody copes differently with stress. Cops have to face life or death decisions every single day and we don’t thank them enough. So let’s be brave for them, for our community and for ourselves.


Week #3:


“If you want to be happy, be.” by Leo Tolstoy. My family and my friend make me happy, but above all… ice cream. I know a lot of people would say family, and that’s true. My family does make me happy. But I wanted to be unique, so I chose ice cream. Ice cream makes me happy because it tastes so good and it gives me good vibes. I also have a lot of memories that kinda connect to ice cream. Like when I got ice cream with my family and we all had a good time. Or when I got ice cream with my friends and we all threw it at each other (it was super fun!). But the point is that ice cream might taste good but I guess the memories that I have that relate to it is really what makes me happy.


Week #4:


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. There are two things that bring me happiness. Quiet nature frequently calms me down even when I am sad. I am not normally a person who loves the great outdoors, but when I am upset that is normally the thing that calms me down. Music is my motivator. Anytime I have a bad day, music is consistently the thing that really makes me happy. Let me tell you, if I’m having a bad day and you put me outside and give me some headphones, I’ll be happy as a clam!


Week #5:


There are so many people in the world who I would like to say thank you to. Yet I am only one person and I don’t have the power to say thank you to everybody now who has helped me. Whether they are a stranger and they picked up something I dropped, or they are my parents and they got me a gift. Every single person who has done something nice for me deserves a thank you, but if I had to choose one person… it would be my brother. Not only do I owe him a huge thank you for being there for me, I also owe him one for doing things when I am too lazy and I ask him to do it. Sometimes he puts up a fight, but normally he just does it. So this week’s paragraph is owed to him. 


Week #6:


This week the assignment was to write a paragraph about how I feel about winter. Being honest, every year I get a really warm fuzzy feeling that really gives me a winter vibe. Sadly I haven’t gotten it yet. I love snow, but hate the cold. I am looking forward to looking out the window and seeing the white fluffy snow, but I am not excited to be standing in it. You could say that I have mixed emotions about winter. I am really looking forward to going to Jamaica on winter break. Hopefully when I get back, I get the warm fuzzy feeling!


Me in Numbers

Here is a picture is me and things that connect to my live.


Thee are so many ways that math can connect but read this slide to really educate me.


By September 30, 2021.  No Comments on Me in Numbers  Uncategorized   

My Middle School Retreat Experience

About one week ago I went on something called the middle school retreat! It is an experience that all middle school students do for 3 days to get to know each other.

This year the theme was rebuilding community. I learnt all about that and how it is very important to have strong relationships with your community.

On day one we went to a park to have breakfast and we had lots of fun. Not only did we eat breakfast we also did some activities on building a strong community. One of the activities we did was was introverts and extroverts trying to get along and it was very funny. Not only did I learn the introverts and extroverts don’t get a long too well, I also learned a lot of how the other person thinks and how I should always think twice and really teaches me to always see the other side.

In the afternoon we went to OCR park. it was very fun but extremely tiering. I still had a lot of fun!

On day two we had to be at school by 6:30 AM!!!! That was CRAZY!!! It was still very fun because we went on a bus to get to the Ontario river. We went… WHITE WATER RAFTING!!! It was so fun! My tour guides name was Jordan and he was very nice. We had a lot of fun that day.

On day three we did a bunch of activities involving rebuilding community. it was very educational!

I really enjoyed the middle school retreat this year because I got to spend a bunch of time with my friends.

My favourite part about the whole thing was the OCR gyp park, we all had a lot of fun!

I am super excited for next year… I CAN’T WAIT!!!